OUr beliefs

The Bible

 

We believe the Bible to be the Holy Spirit-inspired, inerrant, infallible word of God. The Bible is the 66 books contained in the Protestant Bible. Our belief is consistent with the Chicago Statement of Inerrancy, 1978.

 

Proverbs 30:5-6, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:16-21

 

God

 

There is one God who has eternally existed in Three Persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. All are equally God at the same time. God is the Creator, Sustainer, and Ruler of the Universe.

 

Genesis 1:1, Deuteronomy 6:4, Matthew 28:19, John 1:3, Ephesians 4:4-6, Colossians 1:16-17, 1 Timothy 1:17, Hebrews 1:3

 

God the Father

 

God the Father is eternal. He dwells in heaven. He is spirit. He is omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, omnibenevolent, Omni sapient. As Father, He eternally begets the Son and the Holy Spirit, provides for all creation, makes covenant with Man to establish a relationship with him, authored the plan of salvation, calls all men to repent and believe in His Son, Jesus Christ, loves and disciplines believers, sent Jesus into the world to save it, and has fixed the Day of Jesus’ return to finish all redemptive work.

 

Job 42:2, Psalm 139:7-10, Daniel 4:35, Matthew 6:25-33, John 1:1-3, Acts 17:30, 31, Ephesians 1:11, Luke 1:37, John 1:48, 2:24-25, 3:16, 4:24, 16:30, Acts 17:27-28, 1 Timothy 1:17, Hebrews 12:3-11, James 1:17, 1 John 4:8

 

God the Son

 

God the Son has eternally existed in the Trinity. He was made manifest in human form in the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ was born of a virgin, without original sin. He was and is fully God and fully man. He lived a life of perfect obedience to the Father’s will. He died a substitutionary, sacrificial death on the cross for the sins of Man. He was raised from the dead on the third day. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God. Jesus is our Savior, Prophet, Priest, and King. He is the only Mediator between God and man. He is the Head of the church. He will return one day to judge the living and the dead and finish his redemptive work.

 

Deuteronomy 18:14-22, Psalm 2, 110:1-4, Isaiah 53:4-6, Matthew 1:23, 5:17, 25:31-46, Luke 24:51, John 1:1-3, 14, 10:14-15, Acts 1:11, Romans 9:5, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, 2 Corinthians 5:10, 21, Galatians 3:13, 1 Timothy 2:5, 3:16, 1 Peter 2:24, Philippians 2:6-11, Colossians 1:15-20, Titus 2:13, Hebrews 1:1-4, 4:14-16, 5:1-10, 1 John 4:2, Revelation 20:11-15

 

God the Holy Spirit

 

God the Holy Spirit has eternally existed in the Trinity. He is the author of all Scripture. He enables men to believe the truth. He dwells in all believers, leading us to worship, serve, and pray. He empowers believers with gifts to serve God and the church. He exalts Christ. He convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment.

 

Genesis 1:2, Ezekiel 37:27, Matthew 28:19, John 3:6-8, 14:15-17, 25-26, 16:5-15, Romans 8:4-17, 12:6-8, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, 27-31, 14:1-25, 2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:16-21

 

Man

 

Man is God’s special creation, created in God’s image. God created humans male and female. Man was originally created without sin. By his own free choice, man gave in to temptation from Satan and sinned against God, bringing sin into the world and death to mankind. All men after Adam have original sin and are under the just condemnation of God. Only by God’s grace can we be brought back into a right relationship with God. Every person, being made in God’s image, is worthy of our love, respect, and dignity.

 

Genesis 1:26-31, Leviticus 19:18, Matthew 19:4, Mark 12:31, Romans 3:9-19, 23-24, 5:12-21, 6:23, Ephesians 2:8-9

 

Salvation

 

All have sinned and are under the just condemnation of God. Man, being dead in trespasses and sins, is wholly incapable of saving himself by his works. Salvation is the unmerited, free gift of God offered to all men. Salvation was accomplished by the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross, taking on God’s righteous wrath for the sin of man. Salvation cannot be earned, but is received by grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone. There is no salvation apart from Jesus Christ. Saving faith includes the lordship of Jesus Christ over the life of the believer. Saving faith includes repentance of sin; turning from sin and turning to God. We were saved from the penalty of sin at the cross by Jesus taking on the wrath of God for our sins (propitiation) in our place (substitution) and receive salvation by faith in Christ, whereby God declares us righteous, imputing our sins to Christ and Christ’s righteousness to us (justification); we are being saved from the power of sin (sanctification); in heaven we will be saved from the presence of sin (glorification, eternal life). All true believers in Jesus Christ will persevere to the end and cannot lose their salvation.

 

Genesis 15:6, Matthew 7:21-23, Mark 1:14-15, Luke 13:5, John 1:12, 3:16, 36, 6:37-40, 10:27-30, 14:6, 19:30, Acts 17:30, Romans 5:12-21, 3:10-26 4:4-8, 6:1-4, 23, 8:30, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Galatians 2:15-3:29, Ephesians 2:1-10, 5:25-27, Philippians 3:9, 1 Thessalonians 4:3-8, 1 Timothy 2:5, 2 Timothy 2:19, Titus 2:11-14, 1 John 2:2

 

The Church

 

The church is comprised of all believers in Jesus Christ, local and universal. The local church is autonomous. Every believer is accountable to God for his sin. The church has two offices: pastor and deacon. The church has two ordinances: Baptism and Lord’s Supper. People may join our fellowship by becoming a member through baptism, statement of faith, or letter. Church discipline is practiced according to the biblical model as taught by Christ and the apostles. Bought by the blood of Jesus, the church of Jesus Christ is precious to God. It exists to glorify God in obeying the Great Commandment and the Great Commission. The church is the body of Christ on earth, serving God and one another through the gifts of the Holy Spirit, reaching out to a lost world through acts of love and kindness, proclaiming the gospel message of hope in Jesus. The church is the Bride of Christ and will dwell with God in the New Heaven and the New Earth forever.

 

Matthew 16:18, 18:15-20, Acts 6:1-6, 13:1-3, 1 Corinthians 5, Ephesians 4:4-6, 5:25, 12:12-31, 1 Timothy 3:1-13, Titus 1:5-9, 1 Peter 2:9

 

Baptism

 

Water baptism follows salvation and is the outward expression of the inward change in person. Through baptism, we publicly declare to the world that we are born again. Therefore, baptism is only given to believers. We practice baptism by immersion.

 

Matthew 3:13-17, 28:19, Acts 8:26-40, Ephesians 4:4-6

 

Lord’ Supper

 

The Lord’s Supper is observed by believers as a remembrance of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. Christ is present symbolically in the elements of the Lord’s Supper. The Lord’s Supper is a proclamation of the gospel.

 

Matthew 26:26-29, Luke 22:14-20, 1 Corinthians 11:23-34

 

Last Things

 

The Lord Jesus Christ will return in bodily form to finish his redemptive work. The dead will be raised and will join the living to endure judgment. The righteous will dwell with God forever in the New Heaven and the New Earth. The wicked will be sent to Hell to suffer for their sins forever away from the presence of God.

 

Matthew 24, 25:31-46, Mark 13:3-37, Luke 12:5, 21:25-28, John 14:1-4, Acts 1:11, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Titus 2:13, Revelation 14:9-11, 20:11-15, 21:1-22:5, 22:12

 

Missions

 

It is the command of Jesus for the church to make disciples of all nations. Missions is both a local and a global effort of praying, giving, and going to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to all creation. This involves both the speaking/proclaiming/preaching/sharing of the gospel and serving our fellow man through our deeds of faith.

 

Genesis 12:3, Psalm 67:4-5, Isaiah 52:7, Matthew 28:18-20, Mark 14:15, Acts 1:8, Romans 10:14-17

 

Prayer

 

Prayer is a means through which God and believers communicate. It is a command, duty, and privilege. God desires relationship with us, and we draw close to Him through prayer. Prayer is a way to worship God (adoration), confess our sins (confession), thank God for all He has done (thanksgiving), and ask God specific requests (supplication). Prayer is a means through which God accomplishes his purposes on earth, and we can participate in God’s redemptive activity. Christians are to pray believing God is able to do immeasurably more than we could ever ask or speak, believing God is good and loves to provide for his people, asking God according to his will, without ceasing, in humility, and persistently. Prayer must be to God alone and done in Jesus’ name and under his authority, as Christ alone is the Mediator between God and man.

 

Matthew 6:5-13, 7:7-11, Luke 18:1-8, 9-14, John 14:6, Romans 8:15-16, 1 Thessalonians 5:17, James 4:2-6, 5:13-18, 1 John 5:14-15

 

Studying God’s Word

 

The other means through which God and believers communicate is the Bible, God’s written word. The word of God is living and active, and Christians are to know it, meditate on it, study to understand it, and live it out. Through the word of God we have faith. The Holy Spirit sanctifies us by God’s word. It is through God’s word that we grow to maturity in the faith. Everything in our Christian experience needs to be interpreted through the lens of Scripture.

 

Psalm 1:1-2, Psalm 119, Matthew 4:4, Colossians 3:16, 2 Timothy 2:15, Hebrews 4:12

 

Pastors and Deacons

 

The church has two offices: pastor and deacon. The pastor is the shepherd of the congregation under the Chief Shepherd, the Lord Jesus Christ. While the job of the pastor is multi-faceted, including casting vision for the church, leading church staff, visiting, praying for the church, etc.—the primary job of the pastor is to preach the Bible to the congregation and pray. Pastors are to meet the qualifications as outlined in Scripture.

 

Deacons are the lead servants of the local church. They are to minister to the needs of the flock by visiting, praying, and serving. Deacons are to meet the qualifications as outlined in Scripture.

 

John 21:15-17, Acts 6:1-6, 1 Timothy 3:1-7, 8-13, 2 Timothy 4:1-5, Titus 1:5-9